An increasing number of councils could be forced to cut services to the legal minimum, financial experts have warned. Rob Whiteman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, said the move by East Sussex this week to reduce services to little more than those required by law was ‘to be expected’ […]

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Boris’s Burka Bashing – Morally Malevolent

by danielbarker on 16 August, 2018

Boris’s Burka Bashing – Morally Malevolent by Tahir Maher A while back my wife decided that she would start to wear the hijab. She never discussed this with me nor did I have any indication she wanted to wear one. She felt that as part of her spiritual journey that she should wear one. I […]

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Speedwatch for Short Heath?

by danielbarker on 16 August, 2018

For some time now I’ve been receiving regular complaints about vehicles speeding in Stroud Avenue, Lucknow Road and Coltham Road. I’m sure there are other roads out there in Short Heath where residents think vehicles are going too fast but haven’t complained. With the council doing everything it can do to in terms of speed […]

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Rents in England’s market towns and suburbs have risen 60% faster than average wages, new research has revealed. Housing charity Shelter found private rents have risen by 16% since 2011, while the average wage has risen by only 10% in the same time period. It discovered that the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham had […]

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Anti-poverty campaigners have warned that foodbanks are not a ‘long-term’ solution to hunger as data reveals the summer holidays force parents to turn to charity to feed children. Data from The Trussell Trust, a charity with a network of 420 foodbanks, shows a rise in demand for emergency food for children drove increased foodbank need […]

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Walsall Council’s Community Alarm Service provides a telephone unit that is linked to a special pendant that can be worn around the customer’s neck or wrist. When the button is pressed the alarm connects — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — to a control centre. The operators can contact nominated responders (relatives, […]

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In the last six months, more than one hundred home-based and residential care providers have ceased trading, affecting more than 5,300 people, as providers hand back contracts to more than sixty councils, affecting thousands of people. Social care faces a £3.5bn funding gap by 2025. Social care is in crisis and we have a government […]

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The Government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) is only attracting a small number of young people despite hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, local government leaders find. The Local Government Association (LGA) has calculated that Whitehall spent £634m on the NCS between 2014/15 and 2017/18. This amounted to 95% of its youth services budget. However, […]

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Is this what politics has come to?

by danielbarker on 9 August, 2018

So some people are backing Boris, saying his comments weren’t racist? Is this the way politics is going? Politicians ridiculing whole groups of people within society for the way they dress and then being patted on the back because they are ‘not afraid to speak their mind’? Clearly this is a political tactic and Boris […]

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West Midlands Police funding is rising by £9.5 million this year. However that’s no thanks to anything the local conservatives and their government have done. The extra funding is coming at the expense of local tax payers through their police precept. The amount that the West Midlands force will receive off the Government in the […]

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